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Week 1 Rankings

Full rankings

1. Florida Gators

Score: 197.500

Florida edged Oklahoma to take the top spot in the season’s first rankings, largely on the strength of a beam rotation that picked up right where it left off last season. Overall, Florida recorded ten scores in the 9.9s, compared to Oklahoma’s five. Ellie Lazzari made an encouraging debut with two scores in the 9.9s, and Trinity Thomas leads the national all-around standings with her opening 39.750.


2. Oklahoma Sooners

Score: 197.450

Oklahoma came up just shy of Florida but showed a complete and even first-meet performance with no counting score lower than 9.825. Freshman Katherine Levasseur led the entire team on bars with a 9.925, and Audrey Lynn—who never scored better than 9.650 on vault as a L10—upgraded to a handspring pike 1/2 to tie for the highest vault score with 9.875. Despite the second-place position, this week’s score is .150 higher than Oklahoma’s debut score from last season, which had the team in first place.


3. Utah Utes

Score: 196.900

Utah will comfortably accept a near-197 performance in the first meet, a showing that encountered a few minor bugs but also featured competitive debuts from Rucker and Stanhope, on vault and floor—though with downgraded vaults, so watch that space. Unsurprisingly, beam shone as Utah’s strongest event score, even with some shaky early-lineup routines.


4. Alabama Crimson Tide

Score: 196.850

Alabama will be among the teams most pleased with its first-meet performance, securely withstanding falls here and there to score competitively, and keeping pace on floor even with a half-missing lineup. Sophomore Mati Waligora stole the show in her debut with a Y1.5 and a 9.925 on beam, though Shania Adams also comported herself smoothly in an all-around debut, and Makarri Doggette was excellent in her two appearances. A rough performance from Emily Gaskins may jeopardize her lineup spots as more gymnasts add back events, so keep an eye on that.


5. LSU Tigers

Score: 196.550

LSU isn’t ranked poorly but won’t be particularly pleased with a first-meet performance that nearly saw the team fall to Arkansas. Shaky beam routines from some unexpected characters, as well as a generally rough day for Shchennikova, took LSU’s total down, and the team required some serious saving from Haleigh Bryant and Kiya Johnson on floor to get the win (their scores were too high, but even scored normally, those routines would have been enough for the win). The sublime three-event debut from Bryant will rank as the major highlight for LSU.

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NCAA Week 10 Rankings

Full week 10 rankings


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.080
Previous ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.450
Home/Road 2198.400
Home/Road 3198.175
Qualifying Score198.080

Maximum after next meet: 198.235
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma posted an obviously horrible and shameful 198.100 home score over the weekend with only one 10.000 (was it a try?) and therefore remains steady in NQS. The Sooners will compete in Minnesota on Saturday with another chance to set the all-time NQS record, needing “just” a 197.900 to do so, which is quite manageable.


2. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.940
Previous ranking: 2

Road 1198.100
Road 2197.875
Road 3197.800
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2198.050
Home/Road 3197.875
Qualifying Score197.940

Maximum after next meet: 198.040
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

Florida equaled Oklahoma’s number with a 198.100 over the weekend, getting two 10s, which Florida will particularly appreciate because those were not 100% full, ideal postseason lineups. Florida returns home to compete on Friday and cannot catch Oklahoma for first place but remains solid in 2nd place and is highly likely to remain there through the end of the season.


3. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.565
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.250
Home/Road 1198.025
Home/Road 2197.900
Home/Road 3197.675
Qualifying Score197.565

Maximum after next meet: 197.635
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

UCLA recorded its second-highest score of the season, and like Oklahoma and Florida, will be fairly encouraged that it was a big total that still did not represent the team performing to full potential (even on vault which did show major improvement). Because UCLA stays home this coming week, there’s not a ton of room to improve the team’s NQS until Pac-12s, so UCLA is vulnerable to being passed by Utah depending on what Utah does.


4. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.475
Previous ranking: 4

Road 1198.075
Road 2197.675
Road 3197.550
Home/Road 1197.750
Home/Road 2197.300
Home/Road 3197.100
Qualifying Score197.475

Maximum after next meet: 197.670
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

Utah stayed at #4 this week but will have an opportunity to get up to #3 and pass UCLA next week by dropping that remaining 197.100. It will depend on what UCLA scores to know what Utah actually needs to do to pass, but since Utah competes the day before UCLA, Utah won’t know that yet and will be aiming for a 197.925, which is the score required to ensure a #3 ranking next week regardless of what UCLA does.

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NCAA Week 9 Rankings

Full week 9 rankings


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.080
Previous ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.450
Home/Road 2198.400
Home/Road 3198.175
Qualifying Score198.080

Maximum after next meet: 198.135
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

The…elaborate prank?…that was Maggie Nichols being out with an ankle injury “for a while” was not a thing over the weekend as Nichols competed all four events for an AA score of 39.825. Just that. It helped Oklahoma record one of its highest team scores ever and come within comfortable striking distance of the all-time record NQS/RQS of 198.115. Already. It would take a 198.375 this Friday at home against Michigan (Maggie Nichols Senior Night Watch) for Oklahoma to break the all-time qualifying score record.


2. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.880
Previous ranking: 2

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.800
Road 3197.800
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2198.050
Home/Road 3197.875
Qualifying Score197.880

Maximum after next meet: 197.995
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Florida successfully removed its last “low” road score last Friday against Georgia and is therefore looking quite comfortable to stay at #2 for the remainder of the process. Because Florida’s scores are all pretty tightly packed, there’s not a lot that the Gators can gain in an individual weekend, but there’s also not a lot Florida needs to change at this point because the margin between #2 and #3 is so large. Florida’s own team NQS/RQS record is 197.895 from the 2014 season, which can be broken with a 197.900 this weekend at Penn State.


3. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.425
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.250
Home/Road 1198.025
Home/Road 2197.675
Home/Road 3197.200
Qualifying Score197.425

Maximum after next meet: 197.590
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 1

UCLA managed to hang on with the #3 ranking, though the lower 197 recorded against Oregon State keeps the team in a somewhat vulnerable position for retaining a top-4 place (and #1 regional seed) because those bold road scores are weaker than what we’re seeing from teams like Utah and LSU. So there’s still some urgency in the score project for UCLA, the main goal this weekend being a 197.800 to ensure maintaining sole possession of #3 in next Monday’s rankings. And really, especially at home, that’s what UCLA should be scoring at this point in the season to make a case as a title contender.


4. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.335
Previous ranking: 4

Road 1198.075
Road 2197.675
Road 3197.550
Home/Road 1197.300
Home/Road 2197.100
Home/Road 3197.050
Qualifying Score197.335

Maximum after next meet: 197.540
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 1

Utah did itself some good with the 197.675 in that strangely evaluated meet against Washington, both in terms of hanging onto 4th place amidst challenges from Michigan and LSU and in terms of keeping things close with UCLA. UCLA has the higher maximum after next week and will therefore control its ranking future, but Utah could move ahead depending on what both teams end up scoring. Utah also may face a serious challenge from Michigan, so another higher 197 is looking necessary to fend off the other teams as well.


5. Michigan Wolverines

NQS: 197.285
Previous ranking: 7

Road 1197.950
Road 2197.075
Road 3196.800
Home/Road 1197.900
Home/Road 2197.350
Home/Road 3197.300
Qualifying Score197.285

Maximum after next meet: 197.515
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Michigan did it for a second week running on Friday with another 197.9, enough to gain two spots in the rankings and make an assault on a top-4 spot look like a realistic prospect. While UCLA and Utah both have higher maximums after this weekend, Michigan could pass either or both if those teams don’t perform up to the expected level and Michigan continues getting these 197.9s. Away at Oklahoma on Friday provides a tremendous opportunity for it.


6. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.245
Previous ranking: 5

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.775
Road 3197.025
Home/Road 1197.500
Home/Road 2197.125
Home/Road 3196.800
Qualifying Score197.245

Maximum after next meet: 197.460
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Another low 197 over the weekend was not enough to keep back the rush of Michigan’s 197.9s and therefore leaves LSU in a position that…well it’s not tragic, this ranking is fine…but if LSU is entertaining hope of a #1 regional seeding, we’re going to need to see a high 197 this weekend. All of the non-bold scores at this point are too low for a top-4 team, which means every remaining score must be better than that. Moving up remains an absolute possibility—LSU has a chance to get to #3 after this weekend if everything goes just right—but because LSU’s maximum is lower, that possibility is dependent on other famous teams not getting cracky scores. And do you really want to have to bank on that?


7. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.135
Previous ranking: 6

Road 1197.250
Road 2197.250
Road 3197.000
Home/Road 1197.425
Home/Road 2197.425
Home/Road 3196.750
Qualifying Score197.135

Maximum after next meet: 197.270
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Hitting that 197 mark against Oklahoma was a big deal for this Denver team, eager to prove that it can still score competitively with such a depleted roster. But it’s also still just a 197.000, which isn’t necessarily going to stand up in this portion of the rankings or keep Denver in the top 8 moving forward. Denver has an outside shot to move ahead of LSU this weekend in its final home meet but is mostly just looking to hang onto this sort of ranking, which will require another 197 to guarantee.

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NCAA Week 8 Rankings

Full week 8 rankings


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 197.930
Previous ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.400
Home/Road 2198.175
Home/Road 3197.650
Qualifying Score197.930

Maximum after next meet: 198.080
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma didn’t change its qualifying score much this week after a meh-for-Oklahoma 197.650 at the Nadia meet, but the big issue at play is the absence of Maggie Nichols because of an ankle injury, with KJ not expecting her back “for a while.” While Oklahoma is certainly still able to score well without Nichols, her absence depresses the team’s scoring potential to a more pedestrian (and potentially beatable) level.


2. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.690
Previous ranking: 2

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.800
Road 3196.850
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2198.050
Home/Road 3197.875
Qualifying Score197.690

Maximum after next meet: 197.995
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 3

With its 198, Florida closed the gap a little on Oklahoma this week and, most importantly, has a chance to pass Oklahoma for #1 this weekend if things go just right. It’s not the most likely outcome—Florida would have to go 198.050 to have a shot a tying, while Oklahoma would have to score under 197.975—but Florida is also going to Georgia on Friday, which I expect to be a “Utah/UCLA is a role model” type situation. So it’s in play.


3. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.335
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.200
Home/Road 1198.025
Home/Road 2197.675
Home/Road 3196.800
Qualifying Score197.335

Maximum after next meet: 197.580
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

It’s difficult to pretend to take a rankings post seriously after the abomination that was the scoring in the final rotation last night (if the judges don’t take these scores seriously, then why should I come in here and be like, “Well, if they can score 198 again…” like any of this is real or matters), but UCLA moves ahead of Utah despite the loss on the strength of a better supply of 197s throughout the season so far. UCLA will be looking for a score greater than 197.200 this week to ensure staying at #3 next Monday.


4. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.200
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1198.075
Road 2197.550
Road 3197.300
Home/Road 1197.100
Home/Road 2197.050
Home/Road 3197.000
Qualifying Score197.200

Maximum after next meet: 197.415
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Utah is in a much, much better position for qualifying score after the meet that shall not be named. (I’ll let you in on a secret—the meet wasn’t that good. That was medium quality for top-5 teams and Utah was weaker on several events than the meet before, including beam despite the program record. The only reason it’s being treated as this amazing meet is that the judges tried to make a show instead of doing their jobs.) Despite being in a strong position, Utah will still need to replace some of these low 197s if this ranking is to be maintained. It’s possible for Utah to get up to #3 next week, but that is dependent on UCLA’s performance.


5. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.165
Previous ranking: 6

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.775
Road 3197.025
Home/Road 1197.500
Home/Road 2196.800
Home/Road 3196.725
Qualifying Score197.165

Maximum after next meet: 197.395
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

For portions of the meet this weekend, LSU got to experience how the other half lives in terms of judging, so the team won’t exactly be crying a river over a lower-than-intended score because it wasn’t really a problem meet. Not an ideal performance, but not a red flag. LSU is still on an improving trajectory, though is also running out of time to get rid of those lower scores, a task that will be necessary to get that top-4 ranking.


6. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.075
Previous ranking: 5

Road 1197.250
Road 2197.250
Road 3196.700
Home/Road 1197.425
Home/Road 2197.425
Home/Road 3196.750
Qualifying Score197.075

Maximum after next meet: 197.220
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 3

Basically all your worst fears for how Denver would do without Lynnzee Brown were realized this week with a counting 8 on bars and counting 9.5s on vault and beam for a 195.175 total. That score really shouldn’t be the shape of things to comea mid or high 196 would have been doable in that meet with a hit and remains very doable next week. Still, getting totals that improve the qualifying score in a significant way is going to be a challenging task, which makes Denver vulnerable to getting passed by the next couple teams in the coming weeks.

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Qualifying Score Outlook

The week’s actual rankings can, as always, be found at RTN. But instead of doing a rankings post this week, I’m going to take a prospective look at where the teams currently stand according RQS/NQS (explained), which will take over starting next week.

This is where teams would be ranked, if qualifying scores were in place now. Bold scores must be retained as part of the six and can no longer be dropped.

I’ve also included my excel calculator here for those super nerds who want to play along at home:


1. Oklahoma Sooners

Qualifying score: 197.920
Official week 7 ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.400
Home/Road 2198.175
Home/Road 3197.600
Qualifying Score197.920

Maximum after next meet: 198.080
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 3

Oklahoma is obviously already set in terms of qualifying score and is basically just aiming for its all-time record of 198.120 at this point. The lead of 0.370 over Florida translates into 1.850 in pure meet scores, the amount Florida would have to gain on Oklahoma in counting scores over the next five weeks in order to supplant the Sooners at #1.


2. Florida Gators

Qualifying score: 197.550
Official week 7 ranking: 2

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.800
Road 3196.850
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2197.875
Home/Road 3197.350
Qualifying Score197.550

Maximum after next meet: 197.755
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 3

Florida does have that road 196 still hanging around that it will expect to drop—though will not be able to do so this coming weekend, competing at home, which means Florida also won’t be able to catch OU. Dropping that road score should help close the gap with Oklahoma a little, but Florida won’t be sweating it because there’s such a comfortable lead over third place.


3. UCLA Bruins

Qualifying score: 197.115
Official week 7 ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.200
Home/Road 1197.675
Home/Road 2196.800
Home/Road 3196.575
Qualifying Score197.115

Maximum after next meet: 197.335
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 2

UCLA will feel OK about already being 3rd in the qualifying score race despite a number of eh performances in the 196s hanging around here that the team will expect to drop. The #3 ranking is, however, increasingly looking like the ceiling for UCLA because there’s already a road 197.5 that has to count, which is much lower than what Oklahoma and Florida are looking at counting. Florida’s probably not going to end up using anything lower than 197.8.


4. LSU Tigers

Qualifying score: 197.075
Official week 7 ranking: 6

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.775
Road 3196.800
Home/Road 1197.500
Home/Road 2196.725
Home/Road 3196.575
Qualifying Score197.050

Maximum after next meet: 197.335
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 3

This is where I would insert that GIF of the woman leaving the Big Brother house if it wouldn’t screw up the formatting of the whole thing. LSU 2020 is the kind of team the qualifying score system exists to serve—a team with a high potential peak that started slowly but can end up dropping all of those low scores because less than half the meets count. It took one weekend of good numbers to shoot LSU right to about where you would expect this team to be ranked.


4. Denver Pioneers

Qualifying score: 197.075
Official week 7 ranking: 5

Road 1197.250
Road 2197.250
Road 3196.700
Home/Road 1197.425
Home/Road 2197.425
Home/Road 3196.750
Qualifying Score197.075

Maximum after next meet: 197.210
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 3

Denver won’t be concerned about the scores here, having recorded enough low-mid 197s to be in solid shape to maintain this kind of ranking for the remainder of the season. Of actual concern will be the injury to Lynnzee Brown on floor to end the meet on Sunday, something Denver cannot afford.

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